Move to Canada
Skip spending thousands of dollars on an immigration attorney and do it yourself instead.
You don’t need a job offer, a sham marriage, or an attorney to move to Canada.
When we decided to move to Canada, none of the existing immigration guides had kept up with the changes Canada made to its immigration system in 2015 and 2016.
Paper applications. In-land and out-land. Everything we were reading was hopelessly out of date. We had to figure it out on our own.
We spoke to hundreds of people who have moved to Canada from around the world and spent countless hours researching what it would take for us to move up. Then we figured out how we could bring our families and friends with us.
We’ve taken all of our research and created this comprehensive guide. It explains how anyone from anywhere in the world can move to Canada. We cover temporary and permanent options. We go into detail and share our personal immigration experience.
Most importantly, we let you know exactly what you can expect as a newcomer to Canada. Getting your landing documents is just the beginning.
We share everything you need to know about settling in Canada, from bringing all of your worldly possessions through customs to setting up a bank account and finding a new doctor. We continue to navigate new challenges in Canada and we’re sharing that wisdom with you.
We’re not lawyers or immigration consultants. We’ve actually done this ourselves.
How to Move to Canada is available on Amazon.
You decide to move to Canada. But you’re not sure what the first step is.
There’s so much information online…and so much of it is contradictory.
What does it really take?
- What life in Canada is like
- What it means to be a Canadian resident, permanent resident, and citizen
- All the ways to move to Canada temporarily
- All the ways to move to Canada permanently as a non-refugee
- Express Entry, the skilled worker program
- Federal Skilled Worker class
- Canadian Experience class
- Federal Skilled Trades class
- Provincial nominee
- Spousal sponsorship
- Family sponsorship
- Provincial nominee programs
- Investor, startup, and self-employment
- Express Entry, the skilled worker program
- How to transition from a temporary resident to a permanent resident
This is a very helpful guide – thank you. We’d been reading various websites, focusing on whether or not we *wanted* to move to Canada, without even considering whether we would be *allowed* to. – Ben Jones
You get your visa to move to Canada.
What comes next?
- Declaring yourself a landed immigrant
- Getting pets across the border
- Moving your things through customs without owing duties
- Getting new IDs, enrolling in health insurance, and getting your SIN
Thank You Cori for sharing! You have organized the information so clearly I received my ITA under CEC recently and was starting to feel overwhelmed in navigating the process on my own. This has definitely put my mind at ease – Manta Pam
Living in Canada
Canada is just like home, except for when it’s not.
We share what we’ve learned to save you some trouble.
- Healthcare in Canada
- Finding a job in Canada
- Canadian salaries
- Cross-border banking
- Understanding currency conversion
If you are a professional looking to navigate through the Canadian immigration program this book is well worth the read. – G.B.
There’s more to being Canadian than watching hockey and saying ‘eh.’
Canada isn’t just a colder US, it’s got a culture and history of it’s own. They’re just too modest to brag about it.
- Becoming a Canadian citizen How long it takes, whether or not you have to give up your current citizenship, and other things you should know before making a decision.
- Kingdom of Canada How exactly did Canada wind up with a queen and what is a dominion?
- Canadian Federal Government A 101 guide to Canadian politics
I’ve tried reading through the CIC websites and couldn’t figure out if this would work for me, but after reading this I’m pretty sure it will! – Jenny B.
What’s not in the book?
We don’t discuss how to apply for permanent resident status as a refugee. We focus on people who are moving to Canada as economic immigrants or through family ties.
Quebec has additional provincial requirements. We discuss these briefly, but we don’t go into depth.
We provide a brief overview of NAFTA, but we don’t get into the details. Maybe that’ll be in a future edition.
We moved to Canada without an immigration attorney or consultant and you can, too.
Now that we’ve successfully immigrated to Canada from the US using the Express Entry program, we’ve writing the guides we wish we’d had.
This is a very helpful guide – thank you. We’d been reading various websites, focusing on whether or not we *wanted* to move to Canada, without even considering whether we would be *allowed* to.
Thank You Cori for sharing! You have organized the information so clearly I received my ITA under CEC recently and was starting to feel overwhelmed in navigating the process on my own. This has definitely put my mind at ease
We are an American couple planning our immigration to Canada through the Express Entry program. This book has been very helpful to aid us in planning and organizing all the steps and timelines for the immigration process. It also has lots of other great information about the actual moving, landing, and transitioning process. If you are a professional looking to navigate through the Canadian immigration program this book is well worth the read. We actually are using it as a reference as well, keeping pages bookmarked and using the spreadsheets and timelines, costs, etc as a model for our own documents.
Thank you so much for this guide! It helps so much!
If you want the step by step process on how to immigrate to Canada, here it is. I found the book easy to read, inspiring, and very informative.
Thanks for this overview!! I’ve tried reading through the CIC websites and couldn’t figure out if this would work for me, but after reading this I’m pretty sure it will!
A lot of the other books about moving to Canada talk about what it’s like to live in Canada, whereas this book talks about how to actually get there. A must have for anybody thinking about immigrating.
Thank you so much for this guide
This book is clearly exhaustively-researched. Each section gives detailed information on how to begin the process of moving to Canada, with super informative with real-world examples and step-by-step instructions. I found the section on health care and taxes especially informative!
Useful for getting a general overview of the process all in one place, rather than searching around the internet.
Cori Carl is an American living in Toronto. She serves family and professional caregivers around the world as Director of The Caregiver Space. She received her MA at Baruch and her BA from the New School, both in New York City.
Casey Daly is an American living in Toronto. She works in software development and application support after receiving her MLIS from the Pratt Institute and her BA from Mills College.
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